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April 3, 2012
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  • Trayvon Martin shooting could have a high cost for homeowners
    Residents of the Retreat at Twin Lakes development in Sanford, Fla., could face high costs for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by a member of the community's crime-watch program. "They may wind up getting sued and getting hit with hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and damages," says Donna Berger, a lawyer who specializes in homeowners association law. "Who will pay is every member of the association, and they will have to make special assessments. ... It's a cautionary tale for other associations." Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (3/29), Reuters (3/28) Email this Story
  • Community developer leaves residents in the dark
    Members of the Saddlebrook Farms Condominium Homeowners Association in Linden, Mich., have been left in the dark after the community's developer bailed two years ago, leaving damaged streetlights and roads untouched. The city refuses to take care of the problems, saying the neighborhood remains a private entity. "We pay the same taxes and fees as everyone else in the city," says Moe Daraiseh, treasurer of the association. "The bylaws say the city is responsible for the lighting." Tri-County Times (Fenton, Mich.) (3/28) Email this Story
  • Md. case could change the way HOAs collect debt
    A resident of Norbeck Grove Community Association in Maryland filed a lawsuit against the HOA, saying the organization didn't have a right to enforce a lien against her property as a tactic to collect unpaid housing dues. If the court rules in her favor, other HOAs may need to reconsider methods for collecting dues from members. The Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.) (3/29) Email this Story
  • HOAs should choose quick resolutions over courts, former judge says
    A jury in Hawaii awarded a couple about $3.9 million after they sued their condo association alleging negligence and conspiracy. The amount was more than 10 times what the couple had suggested be paid to them in a settlement, according to this article. "This case, if nothing else, should be the poster child for the idea that alternative dispute resolution is the way to go," former Judge Joel August said of the case. The Maui News (Wailuku, Hawaii) (3/29) Email this Story
  Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management 
  • Happy organizations are successful organizations, CEO argues
    Research shows that cultivating a happy, positive outlook is key to being successful, writes Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think. Organizations that strive for a happy, healthy workforce reap the benefits of increased productivity and employees who have a better quality of life, Achor writes. CNN (3/19) Email this Story
  Ethics and Professional Conduct 
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery,
French writer

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